Ping Pong Prodigy Won't Play on Shabbat

There are 9 comments on the Jan 2, 2013, Forward story titled Ping Pong Prodigy Won't Play on Shabbat. In it, Forward reports that:

Ping pong prodigy Estee Ackerman, an 11-year-old from Long Island, was disqualified from her final event at the 2012 US National Table Tennis Championships in Las Vegas when her match fell on the Jewish holy day of rest and she chose not to play, the New York Post reported.

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Yanky Emmersser

Rehovot, Israel

#1 Jan 2, 2013
We are all so so so so so proud of you Estee!!!

She was quoted saying "Ping-pong is important to me, but my religion of Judaism is also very important to me. but it should read:
but my religion of Judaism is MUCH MORE important to me.

One can't compare the importance of ping-pong and the importance of the Holly Shabbos in any way shape or form.

Mazel Tov!!!! For making a real Kiddush Hashem, I'm sure Hashem will pay you back, many times over.

One the other hand some may argue that for a Jewish girl playing sports in public touches on Tznius issues they would advise for Jewish Girls not to enter public sports in the first place. Consult with your local Rabbi. I'm not a Posak.

This is real Mesiras Nefesh to make an amazing Kidush Hashem
Frijoles

Stamford, CT

#2 Jan 2, 2013
Yanky Emmersser wrote:
We are all so so so so so proud of you Estee!!!
She was quoted saying "Ping-pong is important to me, but my religion of Judaism is also very important to me. but it should read:
but my religion of Judaism is MUCH MORE important to me.
One can't compare the importance of ping-pong and the importance of the Holly Shabbos in any way shape or form.
Mazel Tov!!!! For making a real Kiddush Hashem, I'm sure Hashem will pay you back, many times over.
One the other hand some may argue that for a Jewish girl playing sports in public touches on Tznius issues they would advise for Jewish Girls not to enter public sports in the first place. Consult with your local Rabbi. I'm not a Posak.
This is real Mesiras Nefesh to make an amazing Kidush Hashem
Are you afraid you might "accidentally" hear her sing?

Maybe you need to consult with your local rebbe, not her.

“Proud Southerner”

Since: May 07

Israel, betach b'HaShem!

#3 Jan 3, 2013
Yanky Emmersser wrote:
We are all so so so so so proud of you Estee!!!
She was quoted saying "Ping-pong is important to me, but my religion of Judaism is also very important to me. but it should read:
but my religion of Judaism is MUCH MORE important to me.
One can't compare the importance of ping-pong and the importance of the Holly Shabbos in any way shape or form.
Mazel Tov!!!! For making a real Kiddush Hashem, I'm sure Hashem will pay you back, many times over.
One the other hand some may argue that for a Jewish girl playing sports in public touches on Tznius issues they would advise for Jewish Girls not to enter public sports in the first place. Consult with your local Rabbi. I'm not a Posak.
This is real Mesiras Nefesh to make an amazing Kidush Hashem
Link?

“Proud Southerner”

Since: May 07

Israel, betach b'HaShem!

#4 Jan 3, 2013
never mind, found it there, thanks.
Samuel Appe

Atlanta, GA

#5 Jan 3, 2013
Estee,you have made your parents, your extended family and me extremly proud !! Your maturity,your judgement and adherence to your faith in this situation is truly admirable,Thank you.
It is unfortunate that the sponsors of the tournament would not or could not accomodate you.
You may be interested in knowing that in 1952, The Charleston, S.C. JCC adult Baketball Team was entered in a Statewide Basketball Tournament. When the schedule was released, if we won the first game we would have to play on Friday night. A request was made by our JCC Director to change the schedule. And here I will quote from the Chairman of the Tournament
"Note to all 'AA' teams. The following is a revised official schedule of your games.The only change is in the semi-finals,changing nights of Thursday and Friday as shown on previous schedule. This is due to religious holidays of the Jewish Community team, as we feel sure that all of you will cooperate in this. Had they been successful in their opening game,they would not have able to play on Friday.Normally we never change a scheduled game after the official scedule has been sent out,but in unusual cases such as this we try to cooperate, and we know you feel the same"
Estee, you are to be commended !!
Samuel Appel

Atlanta, GA

#6 Jan 3, 2013
correction to name
Frijoles

Stamford, CT

#7 Jan 4, 2013
Samuel Appel wrote:
correction to name
Well, did you win or not? Dont leave us hanging.
Samuel Appel

Atlanta, GA

#8 Jan 4, 2013
Thanks for asking.We did win. And, three members of our team made the All STAR TEAM !!!

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#9 Jan 6, 2013
Cool. It just goes to show...

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